We have seen a deluge of automobile recall notices recently. There were five just for cars in our family. Three of them were on my ’91 Ford! As you have learned, I’m prone to errors in spelling, or missing letters at ends of words. Yesterday, I had to send out a rather important letter that was copied to two other individuals. After mailing, I discovered I had used the wrong first name of the man I was writing about. The error was easily corrected, but it cost me time, postage, and e-mails of explanation. My point – small mistakes, errors, short cuts, sins, at one point, can cause bigger problems on down the line, problems that can be very costly. So it is with any sin, even those things we label as “not so bad”. We will never be free from them in this life. I sure won’t, but it calls us to humility in all we do, and a willingness to repent before God and others as necessary. Life is difficult and complicated, and as a society we continue to make it even more so. Our God has come into the midst of this world inviting us to walk humble with Him, seeking His wisdom in all we do.
My apologies for the duplicate on yesterday’s GM message. It’s one of those things that happens when you press the wrong button at the right time. We did it last week with the elevator buttons in the place we were staying in Minnesota. We ended up in the basement of the building. It even happens with conversations. How often have we left a conversation with a person thinking, “Oh, I wish I had said this or that.” I sometimes tell my wife that I’m perfect, but I have many daily reminders that I’m not. She knows it well, also. I am a fallen being, and so are you. For “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” but Paul continues this statement by saying “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24) Whether in a conversation or doing some action we are all dependent upon God’s grace in Jesus Christ. When we fail, we turn again in repentance for His cleansing and renewal of life. And maybe even yesterday’s GM was a bit useful reading it a second time.